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Celebrating July 4 with your pet

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This Wednesday, most people will spend the day outside celebrating Independence Day watching fireworks with their family and friends.  Often, people bring their dogs to enjoy the day’s festivities.  There are a few things to know if you plan to spend July 4 outside with your pets.
Dr. Melanie Bolling, veterinarian for the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said the most common problem associated with July 4 is dogs’ sensitivity to the noise from the fireworks.
“A lot of dogs are noise phobic, whether it’s fireworks or other loud noises such as guns, cars backfiring, and thunderstorms.  These noises are scary and if you didn’t know what it was, you might be concerned about your safety, too,” Bolling said.
Bolling said the best idea is to keep dogs, particularly those with noise phobias, away from the commotion.  If that is not an option, Bolling suggested using “anxiety wraps” or “thunder shirts,” a compression garment for dogs to wear that makes them feel secure.  Bolling also recommended discussing appropriate anxiety-relieving medications with your veterinarian.


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